Among those attending were some 100 individuals who have already paid their 10% deposits for homes, duplexes and garden apartments, making them eligible to move in when the first of the homes become available in 2013.
The project, being developed by Continuing Life Communities (CLC), has been under consideration for five years. It would have been built by now except for a series of lawsuits and procedural stumbling blocks that delayed the city's approval. Earlier this year, the City Council came under increased pressure to approve the development by a large group of Pleasanton seniors who began attending meetings wearing yellow shirts to demand action.
The retirement community is being built on 46 acres of the 124-acre Staples Ranch property, which recently was annexed into Pleasanton. Besides work now under way for Stoneridge Creek, earth movers are also busy preparing much of the rest of Staples Ranch for future development and roads, including an extension of Stoneridge Drive from where it is now barricaded at the edge of Pleasanton on to El Charro Road to link to Jack London Boulevard in Livermore.
City, civic and Alameda County representatives attended the luncheon groundbreaking ceremony, which was hosted by members of CLC's management team, including Warren E. "Ned" Spieker, Jr., chairman, Richard D. Aschenbrenner, chief executive officer, and Troy Bourne, vice president at CLC who has been spearheading the Pleasanton project since the beginning.
To dramatize a bit, Aschenbrenner said Bourne's wife had given birth to three of their children since her husband first asked the city to approve Stoneridge Creek.
Although the CLC team held the symbolic gold-colored shovel groundbreaking ceremony, the main event was a sumptuous noontime barbecue under a large white tent on the Stoneridge Creek still-dirt site, with, an invitation-only event that included valet parking, live music and guided tours of the site.
Guests enjoyed a "Recipe for Success"-themed barbecue lunch and live music on the site of the new community. Tours of the property were also held after the ceremonies.
Aschenbrenner also introduced Jim and Pat Kohnen, the first residents to reserve a home at Stoneridge Creek four years ago. They joined CLC, city and county officials in turning the first shovels of dirt for the groundbreaking.
Bourne said that more than two-thirds of the homes in Stoneridge Creek's first phase have been reserved. He cites the upscale, quality homes, convenient services, amenities, dining options and its location in Pleasanton for giving the special appeal the development has.
"This event celebrates the patience and effort of not only the city's capable staff but also that of the hundreds of new residents looking forward to becoming part of this community," Bourne said during the ceremonies. "We are thrilled to help bring what I'm sure will be a great addition to the city and region."
Designed by the architectural firm of Van Tilburg Banvard & Sodenburg, AIA, of Santa Monica, Calif., the community will offer up to 635 independent living residences, including single-story villas. Bourne said that construction of the community's new homes and common buildings will begin in the first quarter of 2012. The first residents are expected to move in during the second half of 2013.
In addition to nearly 20 floor plan options in several configurations, Stoneridge Creek will feature several restaurant venues ranging from casual to fine dining; a library; billiard and card rooms; and a computer lab and business center. Other onsite amenities include an elegant spa and fitness center; an open-air pool, steam room and spa terrace; a performing arts theater for musical and theatrical performances; a movie theater; art studio; and woodworking shop. Outdoor recreation amenities include a short-game golf course; tennis courts; dog park; walking and cycling trails; and bocce and croquet courts.
Stoneridge Creek will also offer a state-of-the-art health center located adjacent to the main campus. The health center will consist of 68 assisted living apartments with a dedicated memory support area as well as 73 skilled nursing beds. The health center will be licensed by the state's Department of Health Services and Department of Social Services and will be open to the general public as well as Stoneridge Creek residents.
Based in Carlsbad, Calif., Continuing Life Communities, LLC is an owner/operator of continuing care retirement communities in California, including the multi award-winning communities of La Costa Glen in Carlsbad, University Village in Thousand Oaks, and Morningside in Fullerton.
For more information, please call 800/849-0023 or sign on to the Stoneridge Creek Website at www.stoneridgecreek.com.